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1777: A Colonial Christmas (cantata)

1777: A Colonial Christmas (cantata)
1777: A Colonial Christmas (Christmas cantata). Music by James Koerts; original text by Duane Nichols; script by David Burke.

We often forget that our freedoms were purchased by the sacrifice of others. This story reveals the hardships and sacrifices endured by a typical American family during the extremely cold Christmas at Valley Forge when George Washington led the colonial army.

The original story by David Burke is adapted for Readers Theatre style performance and can be performed without the expense of sets and costumes. The words simply and emotionally remind a modern audience that we have much to be thankful for as we enjoy our Christmas this year in a free country.

Original music by James Koerts includes: "Prince of Peace," "Fear Not," and "Patriot's Prayer." Also includes traditional arrangements of "Good Christian Men, Rejoice!" and "In the Bleak Mid-Winter."

This timely cantata will remind all who hear that Christ came to earth that first Christmas to bring peace to the world--a perfect peace that can only be found through faith in Him.


  1. Prince of Peace
  2. Scene 1
  3. In the Bleak Midwinter
  4. Scene 2
  5. The Holly and the Ivy
  6. Scene 3
  7. Prince of Peace (Reprise 1)
  8. Scene 4
  9. Good Christian Men, Rejoice - Orchestration
  10. Scene 5
  11. The Holly and the Ivy (Bridge)
  12. Scene 6
  13. Of the Father's Love Begotten
  14. Scene 7
  15. Patriot's Prayer
  16. Scene 8
  17. No Greater Love
  18. Scene 9
  19. Fear Not
  20. Scene 10
  21. Prince of Peace (Reprise 2)

  • Author - James Koerts, David Burke, Duane Nichols
  • Copyright Year - 2009
  • Format - softbound
  • Publisher - SoundForth

1777: A Colonial Christmas (cantata)

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